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RYLE Family History

This is an Anglo-Irish surname. Recorded in a wide range of spellings including Rahill, Real, Rayhill, Riall, and Ryle, it has at least two possible origins, and probably more. It may be of medieval English origin, and locational from either of two places in Northumberland called Ryal and Ryle. Ryal is first recorded in the rolls of that county in 1242 as Ryhil, whilst Ryle is recorded as Parva Rihull in 1212, and as Ryhull in 1254, and again in the Assize Rolls of 1256 as Ryel! The derivation of both these places is from the Old English pre 7th Century word ryge, meaning rye grass, and hyll, a hill.

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